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Raising the sex-assault conviction rate

That’s a widely shared objective right now, but at what price? In New Zealand, one of the two main political parties, Labour, is now contemplating rolling back the presumption of innocence, while the other, incumbent National, is contemplating allowing the criminal process to infer guilt from silence. Show More Summary

Operation Choke Point

2 hours agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

Cato event held earlier this month with Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Cato senior fellow Mark Calabria. Here’s the description: Launched in early 2013, “Operation Choke Point” is a joint effort by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the bank regulators to limit access to the bank payments system by various businesses. Show More Summary

Using Spreadsheets In Bioinformatics Can Corrupt Data, Changing Gene Names Into Dates

2 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

A few years back, people were rather disturbed to find out about the famous Excel bug, whereby the multiplication of two numbers in Microsoft's spreadsheet gave the wrong number. It turns out there are other circumstances in which Excel...Show More Summary

U.S. House Authorizes Lawsuit Against Obama in 225-201 Vote

House lawmakers voted Wednesday to authorize House SpeakerJohn Boehner to file suit against President Barack Obama on a complaint that he had overstepped his legal authority, setting up a possible constitutional test and giving both parties a potent campaign issue to take home for the five-week congressional recess.

DailyDirt: With Super Healing Powers

6 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Time can heal some wounds, and technology can sometimes speed things up a bit. But regenerative medicine could really help to improve our health if we can re-grow body parts on demand. Here are just a few links on getting our bodies to heal themselves. Show More Summary

Yes, The Guys Using Legal Loopholes To Screw Over An AirBnB Host Likely Also Scammed Kickstarter Backers

7 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Recently, Russ Roberts had YCombinator's Sam Altman on his absolutely wonderful podcast Econtalk, and the discussion is fantastic and worth listening to (which is true of most Econtalk episodes). Among many interesting and thought-provoking...Show More Summary

24 Hours Left To Support Our Crowdfunding Campaign On Net Neutrality: Now With Stretch Goals

8 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Home stretch: Less than 24 hours left to support our net neutrality coverage » In the last 24 hours or so, you guys came through in an amazing way to shoot us past our target goal in our crowdfunding campaign to support our net neutrality reporting. Show More Summary

Biglaw Firm Ordered To Make A Video Apologizing For Discovery Abuses

Litigators are like unruly kids, which is why this benchslap with a sanction straight out of elementary school is so appropriate.

States Hit Snags Giving Licenses to Undocumented Immigrants

DENVER—A law granting driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants is set to take effect Friday in Colorado, but the state is facing some challenges as it seeks to handle a wave of people interested in applying for the documents. Other...Show More Summary

Non-Sequiturs: 07.30.14

Court needed a Chinese language interpreter. Rather than find a professional legal interpreter, the judge just told the lawyer to head down to the local Chinese restaurant and grab somebody. [Legal Cheek] News from former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell’s trial. Show More Summary

New York City Police Unions Barred from Intervening in Stop-and-Frisk Lawsuit

A U.S. District Judge on Wednesday denied motions by the city's five police unions to be treated as defendants in the landmark stop-and-frisk lawsuit.

Judge Skeptical of Joe Francis's Explanation

My guess would be that the headline above would apply to pretty much any explanation Joe Francis has ever given a judge, and probably to any explanation he's ever given, period. In this case it applies to the explanation he...         ...Show More Summary

Podcasting Patent Troll Realizes Podcasters Don't Make Any Money; Desperately Tries To Escape Adam Carolla Lawsuit

9 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Remember Personal Audio? That's the ridiculous company claiming to hold a patent (US Patent 8,112,504) which it believes covers podcasting. The company has been involved in a variety of dirty tricks, including trying to intimidate donors to an EFF campaign to invalidate the patent. Show More Summary

9 Easy Steps For Engaging Your Top 20 Clients

Are you doing everything that you can to nurture relationships with your largest clients?

States Face Challenges With Laws Granting Licenses to Undocumented Immigrants

DENVER—A law granting driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants is set to take effect Friday in Colorado, but the state is facing some challenges as it seeks to handle a wave of people interested in applying for the documents. Other...Show More Summary

The View From Up North: Phantom Of The Opera Disbarred

10 hours agoIndustries / Law : Above the Law

How did Canada's most famous lawyer (now ex-lawyer) wind up in prison?

Summit Knocks 'Twilight' Money Lawsuit Out of U.S. Court (Exclusive)

The film company, using a Winston Churchill quote, successfully convinces the judge that if the dispute is going to be tried, it should be in England. read more

Don’t Go Into Debt, Become A Lawyer For Free!

10 hours agoIndustries / Law : Above the Law

J.D. = Just Debt? J.D. = Junk Degree? J.D. = Job Disabled?

ISP Sues Former Customer Over Reviews Claiming His Internet Speed Was Less Than A Third Of What Was Advertised

10 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Because this always works out well for the plaintiff, another company is suing another disgruntled customer over his online complaints. Peak Internet, a Colorado ISP, has decided to ensure its former customer receives a broader platform to discuss its alleged connection speed issues. Show More Summary

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